Adjusting To Invisalign: How Long Does It Take? | Dr. Alex Midtown NYC Cosmetic Dentist

Adjusting To Invisalign: How Long Does It Take?

Invisalign braces are definitely one of the most popular in the world right now. They are more aesthetically pleasing and provide the same or even better results compared with traditional braces. Prior to getting Invisalign braces, a common concern for many is the time it will take to adjust to them. This depends on a host of factors that your orthodontist should explain to you prior to fixing the braces. Generally speaking, however, there are some common factors that determine how long it takes to adjust Invisalign braces.

Here is what you can expect as you adjust to using Invisalign braces.

Stick It Out in The Beginning

Getting braces for the first time can be uncomfortable. Most people will have acclimatized to their braces within a week or two. This depends on how persistent you are. Removing the braces regularly increases the time it takes you to get used to them. You are recommended to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day to get optimal alignment. This also reduces the time it takes for you to get used to the aligners. After the first few days, the braces become more comfortable as long as you wear them as prescribed. You may experience some tenderness or discomfort in the first one or two days after placing the braces. Over-the-counter painkillers can help with this. Note that the braces are changed regularly depending on your orthodontist’s review.

Do Not Expect Overnight Results

Temper your expectations about the effectiveness of the aligners. Aligning teeth cannot happen overnight. The basis of using them is to carefully bring the teeth to their optimal positions. Your dentist will do this slowly to maintain the integrity of your teeth. Rushing the process can lead to fractures and premature tooth loss. The rapidity of the process is individualized. Your dentist will consider your general health condition, any predisposing health factors, and the degree of tooth misalignment to figure out how long you will need the aligners or dentures. Knowing this makes you more comfortable wearing the dentures since you will understand that the process has to be slow for your own good. The end results typically justify the time taken to fix dentures.

Talk To Other People with Invisalign Aligners

Use any means you can to get in touch with other people who have undergone the same procedure. This includes social media, talking to other clients in your dental clinic, and even your friends and relatives. Those who have had Invisalign aligners for some time can give you an excellent perspective on what to expect. They may also offer tips on how to care for your aligners as well as common pitfalls to avoid. Having a community you can identify with helps especially in the initial periods when the aligners might be uncomfortable. Sharing your progress with them and hearing their side of the story will put your mind at ease, especially if you are anxious.

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